Sunday, September 14, 2014

Homestuck Squares

If you are not familiar with Homestuck this card will probably mean little to you. Even so, hopefully there's something you can get out of it! The card is inspired by 12 of the characters who are all grey-skinned trolls who tend to wear black shirts with coloured symbols on them. You may recognise the symbols as those of the zodiac signs. To get the symbols on the squares I tried a few techniques, but settled on using squares in the colour I needed for the symbol, and colouring in the negative space with a black marker. To make this easier I first drew the symbol on with the matching marker (or VersaMarker in the case of Elegant Eggplant since the marker came out so dark it was hard to tell the difference between the Eggplant and black). I then cut all the horns from Daffodil Delight cardstock (in some cases, with the assistance of punches) then added bands of Pumpkin Pie and Tangelo Twist marker.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Hello Honey, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight
Stamp set: none
Ink: none
Accessories: Smoky Slate marker, Real Red marker, Pumpkin Pie marker, Hello Honey marker, Old Olive marker, Bermuda Bay marker, Tempting Turquoise marker, Marina Mist marker, Pacific Point Marker, Rich Razzleberry marker, Rose Red marker, Tangelo Twist marker, Basic Black marker, VersaMarker, Elegant Butterfly punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Petite Petals punch, Petite Pennants Builder punch, 1/8" circle punch

Thursday, September 11, 2014

TBT - Paisley Father's Day



I thought I would incorporate TBT - Throw-Back Thursday - in my blog as a way of sharing things using retired products. Hopefully you might get some ideas for long-lost items tucked away in your stash, pull them out and make use of them! Quite a few of my TBT posts over the next few weeks will be things I made during my blogging absence, but to kick it off I am sharing a card from Father's Day just past. The retired product here is the Spiced Paisley set. I'm a bit of a fan of paisley, but I just didn't use it much while it was available, so I am making up for lost time now. The stamps were inked with markers, one of my favourite techniques. Some images are quite detailed and it can be tricky to avoid getting the colours in the wrong spot, something I wasn't compeltely successful with here but I knew I could stamp this background ten times and still not get it perfect, so I decided there was no point sweating it - it was still well received!

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Stamp set: Spiced Paisley, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Pear Pizzazz marker, Wild Wasabi marker, Soft Sky marker, Island Indigo marker, Soft Suede marker, Moderm Label punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch

Monday, September 08, 2014

Remember?

Once again it's been a very long time! I haven't stamped a lot since my last post here, and what I did stamp I didn't blog because I had just completely got out of the habbit! But it's time to share again as I have been getting back into creating.

This is a card I made for Father's Day. Fans of Game Of Thrones may recognise the main image and saying, but before you get too excited, unfortunately Stampin' Up! don't have Game of Thrones stamps. What they do have is the Undefined kit, enabling you to carve your own stamp designs.

On the right is the rubber I carved, and on the left is the first stamping of the rubber. While I had done a pretty good job of tidying the carving, by stamping it out it made it easier to see the little bits that still needed cleaning up. I had started off with an image I printed out, that I then went over with pencil which I then put face-down onto the rubber and went over the back to transfer the pencil to the rubber. I also altered the design a little so it was a bit different, although I should have penciled my planned changes in completly so I would forget what I was doing and cut out a bit I actually wanted to keep... At any rate, I was extremely pleased with how my stamp came out, and found it pretty easy to carve my design. My mind is now racing with ideas for other stamps I can carve!

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Basic Grey, textured Whisper White, textured Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Stamp set: Alphabet rotary stamp, Undefined Stamp carving kit
Ink: Basic Grey
Accessories: white chalk marker
Show watched while creating: Homeland (I know... it should have been GOT!)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

It's punching Jim, but not as we know it

Last week a friend of mine was talking about a card she was making, a punch art Spock, and the following discussion about Red Shirts got me to thinking about doing my own Star Trek card. After a little thinking I realised I had the perfect colours to do the three different shirt colours that they used in the latter series, and with punch art still in my mind I thought of using the tag punch to creat the body of the shirt. And, well, this card was born:
The card is pretty simple, although I suspect some are thinking that it looks like a lot of fiddling around. Creating the shirts was actually really easy, I stamped a Large Tag punch in black and the one in colour for each shirt. To get the triangle of black at the bottom I used the Large Tag punch to cut the section out of the coloured tag, as you can see below:

I then cut about 1cm off the top of the tag, cutting just below the point where the tag tapers to the top.


The communicator badge was painted on using a blender pen and shimmer paint.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Concord Crush, Basic Black, brushed Silver, Real Red, More Mustard, Island Indigo
Stamp set: Short & Sweet
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Large Tag punch, Word Window punch, 3/16" corner rounder punch, blender pen, white shimmer paint, gold shimmer paint, dimensionals

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Rainbow Chevrons

As I promised I'm moving on from the Lace Ribbon punch, but I am returning to the rainbows! This time though I've gone for chevrons, which are pretty trendy at the moment.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise
Stamp set: Perfect Punches
Ink: none!
Accessories: Decorative Label punch, Extra Large Oval punch, markers in Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo,, Tasteful Trims die, dimensionals

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

More Lace Ribbon

I promise, last of the Lace Ribbon cards for a while! Just a few variations for re-using the scraps :-)

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, textured cardstock in Concord Crush, Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz
Stamp set: Perfect Punches
Ink: none!
Accessories: Lace Ribbon punch, Decorative Label punch, Extra Large Oval punch, markers in Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Sticky Strip, Subtles brads, Regals brads, dimensionals
Show watched while creating: Sherlock


All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Poppy Parade, So Saffron, textured cardstock in Real Red, Poppy Parade, Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise
Stamp set: Perfect Punches
Ink: none!
Accessories: Lace Ribbon punch, Decorative Label punch, Extra Large Oval punch, markers in Poppy Parade, Tempting Turquoise, Sticky Strip, Brights brads, dimensionals
Show watched while creating: Sherlock


All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Bashful Blue, textured cardstock in Whisper White, Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue
Stamp set: Create A Cupcake
Ink: Pacific Point
Accessories: Lace Ribbon punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Sticky Strip, dimensionals

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Multi-Colour Lace Ribbon Tutorial

So here it is, a tutorial for the Lace Ribbon punch. Instead of simply remaking the original card for this I made a completely different card for two reasons: black can make it hard to see things sometimes, and you don't have to have an 18-shade rainbow (just in case you were wondering ;) ).

So to start, I punched the strip I will be insterting the little pieces into. I thought white would be nice this time.
Then punch the colours you want inside the lace ribbon. Still liking rainbows here so I chose these ones. These are actually left over from the other card, I kept the little pieces in zip-lock bags. The really little ziplock bags you get spare buttons and things in when you buy an item of clothing come in really handy for this. Individual ones save sorting out later (speaking from experience...), but I also keep the colour families in a larger ziplock bag to make it a little easier to organise.

Attach sticky strip to the back of your lace ribbon piece. Three pieces fit nicely.

Attach lace ribbon to your cardfront or layer. It's hard to see the sticky strip now that the red backing has been removed, but it's there peeking through the 'holes'. I like to attach a slightly larger than needed piece and then trim it down as it is easier to center.

I think start filling the "holes" in. I do the large ones first and then do the smaller inside pieces next to reduce the chance of sticking yourself tot he card (speaking from experience). There's a couple of pieces I ran out of so I had to punch a few more to finish it off.

And here it is, all filled in! You may have noticed that I changed the colour of some of the small inside pieces. I had put a few in place, then after looking at it with all the larger pieces in realised it would look better if I changed how i did those inside pieces. Sticky Strip being very sticky in nature, I had to use the paper piercing tool to carefully dig them out.

And here's the finished card! I like keeping the rest of the card very simple so the lace ribbon really stands out.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Whisper White, textured cardstock in Concord Crush, Elegant Eggplant, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Pacific Point
Stamp set: Perfect Punches
Ink: none!
Accessories: Lace Ribbon punch, Decorative Label punch, Extra Large Oval punch, markers in Concord Crush, Elegant Eggplant, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Sticky Strip, dimensionals
Show watched while creating: Sherlock